MILLEDGEVILLE — In Baldwin High School’s 29-0 win against West Laurens last week, Kentavious Thomas, sophomore, provided the Braves with a strong rushing game, earning him this week’s UR Athlete of the Week honor.
Thomas finished the contest with 15 carries for 149 yards and a touchdown against the Raiders.
“He’s always going to give you 100 percent every time, so his performance wasn’t really a surprise,” Dexter Copeland, head coach, said.
Even with a slow start, the standout sophomore still put up strong numbers in the Braves’ win.
“He started out slow, but once he got going he did well,” Copeland said.
According to Copeland, the young back is only beginning to tap into his reservoir of talent as a football player.
“He’s still learning. Sometimes we have to take him off the practice field because he goes a 100 percent all the time,” Copeland said. “He wants to be an all-around running back, and that’s what makes him so good.”
While Thomas’ primary position is running back, the Braves do utilize his abilities at other positions, such as receiver, as well.
“Wherever he can help us in the football game, he’s going to line up there,” Copeland said.
Because of his abilities on the football field, Thomas has been invited as a sophomore to participate in the U.S. Army National Combine on Jan. 3-5 in San Antonia, Texas.
“It’s a national combine for players who are getting ready to play in the Army All-American game as a senior,” Copeland said. “It’s a rare feat for a sophomore. It’s a great experience, but it’s good for the school also.”
Copeland said Thomas is a well-liked student-athlete around the school and in the locker room.
“He’s going to come in and do exactly what you ask him to do,” Copeland said. “His teammates love him and the coaches love him.”
For a young player with Thomas’ accomplishments, he is well respected among the Braves coaching staff.
“He makes the job a whole lot easier. A lot of times when you have a player with his abilities that they think they’re a prima donna but Kentavious is really a coachable player,” Copeland said. “He’s just a great kid. He does well on the football field; he does well academically, so he’s just an all-around great kid, and he’s a pleasure to coach.”
Thomas will take the field once again tonight at home with hopes of leading the Braves to a win over Veterans High School in the last game of the regular season.
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